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Summary: Demographics

EqualitySummary: Demographics

Age
  • In 2016, 51% of Scotland‘s population were women and 49% were men. This proportion has not changed much since 1947.

Source: NRS mid-2016 population estimates Scotland

2016 population infographic

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Age Demographics page

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Disability
  • In 2011, the proportion of people in Scotland with a long-term activity-limiting health problem or disability was 20%, the same as reported in the 2001 Census.

Source: 2011 Scotland Census, (Table 8)

 

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Disability Demographics Page

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Ethnicity

Detailed population estimates by ethnic group are available through Scotland's 2011 Census.

  • The size of the minority ethnic population in 2011 was just over 200,000 or 4% of the total population of Scotland (based on the 2011 ethnicity classification); this has doubled since 2001 when just over 100,000 or 2% of the total population of Scotland (based on the 2001 ethnicity classification) were from a minority ethnic group.

Source: Scotland's 2011 Census (Table 2)

 
2011 Census Output

Follow the links below to get Ethnicity related interactive maps, charts, and data tables from Release 2A of Scotland's 2011 Census:

 

Further data on Ethnicity from the 2011 Census can be downloaded using the Census data Explorer tool.

 

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Ethnicity Demographics Page

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Gender
  • In 2016, 51% of Scotland‘s population were women and 49% were men. This proportion has not changed much since 1947.

Source: NRS mid-2016 population estimates Scotland

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Gender Demographics Page

Gender Page

Religion

Population information on Scotland's religious groups is collected in Scotland's Census.

  • In 2011 over half (54%) of the population of Scotland stated their religion as Christian - a decrease of 11 percentage points since 2001, whilst 37% of people stated that they had no religion - an increase of nine percentage points.

Source: Scotland's 2011 Census, Release 2A (Table 7)

 
2011 Census Output

Follow the links below to get Religion related interactive maps, charts, and data tables from Release 2A of Scotland's 2011 Census:

 

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Religion Demographics Page

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Sexual Orientation
  • There were 998 were same-sex marriages (involving 391 male couples and 607 female couples) in 2016. Around one in six same-sex marriages in 2016 were of couples who changed their existing civil partnership to a marriage (173, 17%). This is a large, and expected, fall from 56% of same-sex marriages in 2015 and it follows The Marriage and Civil Partnerships (Scotland) Act 2014 coming into force on 16 December 2014. With the introduction of same-sex marriages, those choosing to enter into civil partnerships have declined with only 70 civil partnerships in 2016.

Source: 2016 (The Registrar General's Annual Review of Demographic Trends)

 

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Sexual Orientation Demographics Page

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Transgender
  • The Registrar General for Scotland maintains a Gender Recognition Register in which the birth of a transsexual person whose acquired gender has been legally recognised is registered showing any new name(s) and the acquired gender. This enables the transsexual person to apply to the Registrar General for Scotland for a new birth certificate showing the new name(s) and the acquired gender. In 2015, there were 25 entries in the Gender Recognition Register, an increase of 9 since 2014.  The Gender Recognition Register is not open to public scrutiny.

Source: NRS Registration Division (2016)

 

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Transgender Demographics Page

Transgender Page  

Publications and Outputs

Publications and Outputs

A range of National statistics/Official publications are available on the National Records of Scotland website.  

Population by Country of Birth and Nationality, 2016-17 (updated November 2017) - Estimates of the population by Country of Birth and Nationality from the Annual Population Survey (APS). This includes estimates for each local authority

Mid-2016 Small Area Population Estimates for 2011 Data Zones   - Small area population estimates at data zone level for 2016.

Local Area Migration spreadsheet - This tool gives access to migration data from a range of sources for council and NHS Board areas. Information is also available on the strengths and weaknesses of each data source, what each data source indicates, and links are provided for further information.

Data

Data

More up to date information is available, as well as data tables including time series information, from the National Records of Scotland website.

Scotland's Census Data Explorer - download data, charts and tables from the 2011 census.

Visit the Scotland Census Outputs Prospectus to see what data is scheduled for release.

Future Developments

Future Developments

Results from the 2011 Census have been published throughout the year. More detailed data is available on the census website data explorer.

Select below for further information on:

Planned 2011 Census output releases

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